Animal prints are back in fashion! Socialites have been sporting this trend in recent parties with luxury accessories and apparel brands presenting exclusive animal print products. “Animal prints can look both trashy and luxurious,” says Melbourne-based fashion designer Roopa Pemmaraju. “International designers such as Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana are known for their animal prints. Celebrities usually wear animal print on jumpsuits,” she adds.
The style is making its presence felt in the city’s local markets too. At Janpath, you could get your hands on an animal print bag for Rs 250 while Lajpat Nagar central market has an enviable variety of bangles, earrings, anklets and sandals that sport this print. “The secret to wearing an animal based patterns successfully is to relate the pattern to your personality,” says Rekha Arora of RIKA jewellery, giving some tips on how to wear them right. “If you are normally an understated dresser, select a subtle leopard print bracelet or neckpiece. Wear the animal print pieces with a simple outfit, preferably with solid colours and very subtle textures to avoid clutter,” says Arora.
As an overdose of anything is bad, and going overboard with this fad can easily turn into a fashion blunder. “Always keep it minimalistic. Like a hint of animal print on the watch strap, on your shoes or belt or even your clutch is a good idea,” adds Pemmaraju. Designer Jattinn Kochhar adds, “Animal prints are a must but you certainly can’t be head-to-toe in that!”